Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran said the scheme would help improve the economic condition of this group and achieve the government’s target of 35 per cent skilled workforce by next year.
“Currently, the number of skilled labour is only 28 per cent… we need to focus more on this and employers are encouraged to give their staff the opportunity to acquire skills. The scheme is open to everyone and hopefully they will take advantage of this to improve their skills,” he told reporters after launching the scheme at HRDF’s Hari Raya open house and 2019 Meet the Customers Day here.
Via B40 CaB, HRDF aims to arm participants with specific skills and knowledge, enabling them to secure employment, gain promotion and/ or earn a better income.
HRDF will be running several pilot projects with its strategic partner, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) prior to the official implementation, expected to begin in August this year.
Meanwhile, when asked about legislation to protect domestic workers, Kula Segaran said it was not an easy process.
“You know it’s not that easy when you want to amend an act. There are so many procedures, so many stakeholders. It will take time. But I’m in the process of doing it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tenaganita executive director Glorene A. Das said the ministry must work towards enacting a standalone Act for domestic workers, the media reported today.
At the event, Kula Segaran also presented duit raya and school assistance to 18 children of the Nur Syaheera Organisation, Cheras.